Lebanese Among Several Foreigners Kidnapped by Gunmen in Nigeria

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Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy and Lebanon, authorities said Sunday, in the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists.

The attack Saturday night happened in Jama're, a town in a rural portion of Bauchi state. There, the gunmen first attacked a local prison, burning two police trucks, Bauchi state police spokesman Hassan Muhammed told The Associated Press.

The gunmen then targeted a worker's camp for a construction company called Setraco, which is in the area building a road, Muhammed said. The gunmen shot dead a guard at the camp before kidnapping the foreign workers, the spokesman said.

Adamu Aliyu, the chairman of the local government area that encompasses Jama're, identified those kidnapped as one British citizen, one Greek, one Italian and four Lebanese.

But Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said only two Lebanese - Imad al-Indari and Carlos Abu Aziz - were among the abducted foreigners.

He said he gave his instructions to the Lebanese embassy there to coordinate with the local authorities in an attempt to release the men.

Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north has been under attack by the radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram in the last year and a half. The country's weak central government has been unable to stop the group's bloody guerrilla campaign of shootings and bombings. The sect is blamed for killing at least 729 people in 2012 alone, according to an AP count.

Foreigners, long abducted by militant groups and criminal gangs for ransom in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, have become increasingly targeted in Nigeria's north as the violence has grown.

In May, gunmen in Kaduna state shot and killed a Lebanese and a Nigerian construction worker, while kidnapping another Lebanese employee. Later that month, kidnappers shot a German hostage dead during a rescue operation.

Gunmen who authorities say have links to Boko Haram also kidnapped an Italian and a British man last year in northern Kebbi State who were later killed during a rescue operation by Nigerian soldiers backed up by British special forces. The sect later denied taking part in that abduction.

Chinese construction workers also have been killed by gunmen around Maiduguri, the northeastern city inNigeria where Boko Haram first began.

Comments 3
Thumb lebanon_first 17 February 2013, 15:17

what is the use of ha weapons if they cannot save these lebanese? HA are trained in guerilla tactics. they should attack those nigerian criminals instead of waiting for an attack from israel.

Missing cedars 17 February 2013, 15:59

These radicals in Nigeria, and north Africa are supported or part of Al Qaeda, they are similar to the shia in Bahrain being suppressed and revolting. Both Iran and Saudia need to make peace, the real enemy is the Jewish state that kidnapped Palestine and continue to grow its land. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, Arabs claim for yrs that Iran took their lands in the gulf and the former should return them same as the Israeli took Palestine and two states are necessary for peace.

Thumb clouseau 18 February 2013, 08:59

Bee Lol